Summer holidays at modernist architectural landmark The Barbican:
Available from 10 - 31 August 2015: 120 qm flat spanning over 3 floors, 2 bedrooms - a smaller one on ground level of flat (5th floor of the building) and a large one on the 3rd floor of the flat (7th floor of the building), large lounge and open plan kitchen, large roof terrace, views over the Barbican, St Pauls Cathedral, Old Street etc.
Suitable for 2 adults, or 2 adults & 2 children. Not suitable for parties. No pets. Please note the large bedroom has a 160cm wide double bed, the smaller bedroom has two single beds (90cm wide each),
£120 per night. Minimum stay 4 nights.
The Barbican is an architectural landmark located within the Square Mile in Central London / Clerkenwell / Hoxton / Liverpool Street Station / Spitalfields Market & Brick Lane, Islington / Angel / Upper Street, St Paul's Cathedral/Tate Modern, as well as London Bridge / Borough Market all within 15-20 mins walking distance.
2 mins to Barbican tube station, which gives access to Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, 5 mins to buses to Central London (phone number hidden) mins to the Barbican Arts Center, Barbican Cinema and Concert Hall.
About the Barbican:
"There is nothing like the Barbican Estate in scale, intelligence, ingenuity, quality, urban landscaping and sheer abstract artistry anywhere else in Britain, perhaps even the world. True, some of its inspiration came from Le Corbusier’s concrete housing block, L’Unité d’Habitation, in Marseilles, yet the ambition and complexity of the Barbican make it a thing apart. Covering 40 acres, it is a modern take on the notions of medieval walled cities, the castles of Crusaders and of the Welsh Marches; of ocean liners, of mountain ranges glimpsed through the interstices of city streets and, believe it or not, of Venice. The way residents can walk over bridges, besides water and away from cars were all directly inspired by a trip the architects made to La Serenissima. And because it promised to turn its broad, rough concrete back on noisy City thoroughfares, the Barbican really could offer those who lived inside it something of the serenity of Venice. I lived here for four years, and was astonished by the quiet." Time Out
"The Barbican Centre is an oasis in the city, car-free and focused on water and plants."
"The Barbican has just been made a listed building. It's about time this much-maligned development was recognised as an architectural gem, says Jonathan Glancey, one of many satisifed residents." The Guardian
Private Gardens of the Barbican complex
Interaction with Guests
We hope to be able greet the guests at arrival. If not the guests will be welcomed by our friendly cleaner Diana.
We had a brilliant time in Stephs flat, I really can't recommend it enough. A unique way of experiencing London while taking in an important part of its architectural history at the same time. The flat is warm and comfortable, spread over three levels with original fittings, all intact and still functioning as far as we could tell, and floor to ceiling windows offering some stunning London scenery. The hosts are great too, really amenable and welcoming. All in all a perfect experience, thank you Steph and family!
The apartment location is brilliant - right in Central London. We both love 60's/70's architecture, so were really excited at the chance to stay in the Barbican - and this flat is a great one with barrel-vaulted ceiling in the top bedroom. The apartment would suit people travelling with children, as there's plenty of toys and books. It is in original condition, along with older style bathroom - but you wouldn't come here for a bland modern hotel experience anyway! Thanks for having us. Rob & Louisa
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Me, my husband and a friend stayed at this beautiful Barbican apartment for five nights during the Easter Holidays. Steph was a great host, extremely kind and hospitable. On our arrival you found a very explanatory and detailed manual for the flat and the area. She was also kind enough to offer a welcome bottle of wine and beautiful flowers. The flat was very clean and included everything you need for a short stay. We totally recommend this place!
Steph was a great host. She provided clear instructions for locating the apartment, replied promptly to questions we had and was kind enough to leave a well received bottle of wine for us to enjoy on arrival.
The apartment was great, lot's of natural light, amazing views, a lovely roof terrace and very quiet in the evenings, so a good nights sleep was never a problem. The amenities of the Barbican complex were the cherry on top of the cake.
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful apartment. Thank you Steph! Spacious, clean, quiet and centrally located, we loved looking out on the the streets from the balconies. The fridge had milk and chocolate croissants when we arrived, which was very much appreciated and Steph left great instructions on how to get around. Fully recommended.
We stayed 5 nights at Steph's place in the Barbican and it was a very pleasant experience. The apartment's three floors means that there is a bit of walking up and down but it also provide loads of light and a nice view of the city. It was very clean, comfortable and had a nice feel to it. The seating area in the kitchen is really nice and great to just hang out in. Steph was so kind as to leave us a snack and a bit of milk in the fridge which was very helpful as we arrived in the evening. Only little minus was that the floor heating was on all the time so the apartment was really hot. But considering most English houses are really cold when it is freezing outside I find a warm house is preferable. And with big doors opening up to the balconies it was easy to get fresh air. The area is also really cool with all the great cafes and restaurant in Clerkenwell just around the corner. Would definitely stay here again!
Glad you liked our home! Re: underfloor heating - unfortunately the heating regulation in the entire Barbican complex is centralised and can't be adjusted individually. The temperature taken on day 1 will be taken as the parameter for the heating level for the next day. With extreme weather changes this can lead to overheating. The good news are, as Naja said, the flat never feels chilly, plus with the sunny months ahead there will be no heating. :)